Alumni are vital to the life of the organization.
Alumni are vital to the life of the organization and are an integral part of the success of our Residential Treatment Program. They work collectively through the Alumni Association and individually through a myriad of opportunities to serve.
The Extension Alumni Association supports not only recovering individuals who have transitioned successfully from The Extension program but also to strengthen bonds and ties between the alumni, clients still in treatment, the recovery community, the surrounding community and The Extension. The Alumni Association organizes social events, raises funds for the organization and fosters connections necessary for sustained sobriety and growth.
Individually, alumni provide a positive and consistent influence for current residents. They serve as mentors and 12-step program sponsors. They listen and encourage. They’re the proof seen every day that sticking with the program pays off in ways current residents can barely imagine.
Throughout the year, the Alumni Association sponsors social activities and service projects that often include our current clients. Camping and rafting trips, the annual Java Jam music and family festival, and regularly providing dinner to our clients are just some of the ways the Alumni Association support our clients and the broader community.
The Extension's alumni are at our facilities throughout the day giving encouragement and a listening ear to new clients and others still in the program. Many alumni have risen in the ranks at their employer and are now able to offer jobs to our current clients. They provide direction in peer led groups and perhaps most importantly provide a real and tangible example of what happens when our clients continually do the next right thing. For our alumni being that example is their next right thing.
The Alumni Association
The Extension Alumni Group is an organization of men and women who have completed the recovery program as a resident and successfully transitioned from one of the two Extension campuses. Upon transitioning, residents are granted alumni status, and participation in the group is optional but encouraged. Our mission is to be a positive influence to current residents and exemplify spiritual principles. The goal is to keep former residents connected to a familiar and strong recovery network after program completion while simultaneously giving back to the program that saved our lives by continuing the cycle of service. We strive to show current residents that fun in sobriety is possible and emphasize building their recovery network.
While we do not have any official registration of current, past, or present active alumni, there are currently 204 active members in the Extension Alumni Facebook private group. All announcements and information related to The Extension are shared on this page by one group officer. The group officers are voluntary service positions determined by our annual election process. We hold monthly Alumni meetings on campus to discuss upcoming events and service opportunities.
Alumni Fundraising Efforts
The Alumni Group organizes fundraising events throughout the year to financially support activities designed to support and engage current residents. We organize car washes on the property and encourage all alumni and residents to participate. We use those proceeds to fund events like “Java Jam,” a recovery celebration held at the men's campus where the entire local recovery community is invited to attend, including residents from both campuses. Java Jam is our biggest fundraiser of the year and made possible by using proceeds from prior fundraising. The proceeds from donations, t-shirt sales, and raffle drawings go towards funding the Alumni Group for the year. We also cook and serve the resident's dinner twice a year for each campus. Every summer, the Alumni organizes a Lake Day for the residents and their families to make new sober memories and celebrate their recovery.